Review: Jo March, reflects beck and forth on her fictional life, telling the story of the March sisters, Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth.
Director: Greta Gerwig
Actors: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothee Chalemet, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton, Louis Garrel, Jayne Houdyshell, Chris Cooper, Meryl Streep, Rafael Silva and Mason Alban
Genre: Drama and Romance
Based on the very famous novel by Louisa May Alcott. At first this film did take me a while to get used to as it kept on swapping all the different time periods going backwards and forwards. Once I got used to it I started enjoying it a lot more. Greta Gerwig has done a fantastic job as it can’t have been an easy project for her to work on as it is a much loved story. Each actor is brilliantly cast and are perfect in their individual roles. When Saoirse Ronan found out that this story was in the works she sent Greta Gerwig an email and said she wanted to play Jo March. Gerwig was hesitant at first but then e-mailed Saoirse Ronan back which said “Yes, you’re Jo”. Emma Stone was originally cast as Meg but became unavailable due to scheduling conflicts with the promotion of The Favourite (2018). Emma Watson then took over her role. Florence Pugh is one of my favourite actors since she was in The Falling (2014). As usual Laura Dern and Meryl Streep give outstanding performances. The costuming and the photography were very striking. It is believed that the camera crew had to rely a lot on trick photography, special lenses, and also forced perspective. This was to obscure the fact that Timothee Chalamet is, in real life, only five foot ten inches tall. Great to see Alexandre Desplat back with another outstanding musical score. I do not usually like re-makes of classics but I enjoyed it and thought it was well worth re-doing. Definitely a weepy as there were times in this where I found myself getting really emotional. A great film for Christmas time. At the Bafta Awards in 2020 this won one award for Best Costume Design. At the Academy Awards in 2020 this won one Oscar for Best Costume Design.